Constructionalization and Constructional Changes by Elizabeth Closs Traugott

By Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Elizabeth Closs Traugott and Graeme Trousdale improve an method of language swap in accordance with development grammar. building grammar is a idea of indicators construed on the point of the word, clause, and complicated sentence. earlier it's been commonly synchronic. The authors use it to reconceptualize grammaticalization (the technique through which verbs like 'to have' lose semantic content material and achieve grammatical features, or note order strikes from discourse-prominent to syntax-prominent), and lexicalization (in which idioms turn into mounted and intricate phrases simplified). Basing their argument at the notions that language is made of language-specific form-meaning pairings and that there's a gradient among lexical and grammatical structures, Professor Traugott and Dr Trousdale recommend that language switch proceeds by way of micro-steps that contain heavily comparable alterations in syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse services. They illustrate their exposition with a variety of English examples drawn from Anglo-Saxon instances to the current, lots of which they talk about in depth.

The publication is geared up in six chapters. the 1st outlines the technique and the inquiries to be addressed. the second one stories usage-based types of language switch. The 3rd considers the relation among grammatical constructionalization and grammaticalization. Chapters four and five concentration respectively on lexical constructionalization and the function of context. the ultimate bankruptcy attracts the authors' arguments jointly and descriptions customers for extra learn. Constructionalization and Constructional alterations propounds and demonstrates a brand new and effective method of ancient linguistics.

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19) the worthy Mr. Skeggs is busy and bright, for a lot of goods is to be fitted out for auction. (1852 Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin [COHA]) By contrast, with the quantifier agreement typically is with N2. In (20a) agreement with goods is evidenced by the pronoun them, in (20b) agreement with rags by the pronoun they: (20) a. I have a lot of goods to sell, and you wish to purchase them. (1852 Arthur, True Riches [COHA]) b. pretty soon she brought down a lot of white rags. I thought they seemed quite heavy for their bulk (1865 Alger, Paul Prescott’s Charge [COHA]) With the appearance of examples like (20) we can infer that constructionalization has taken place.

The differences between pre- and post-constructionalization CCs will be discussed in more The Framework 29 detail in later chapters, including the suggestion that the steps may be probabilistically predictable based on the original structure (De Smet 2012). We emphasize that ‘pre-constructionalization’ can only be assessed with hindsight—nothing of which we are aware predicts that certain constructional changes will necessarily lead to a constructionalization. However, observed constructionalization can be seen to have arisen from a number of small local changes in the context, as for example, development of uses of lot that mean ‘unit’ or ‘group’, and of ambiguous constructs, and we can with hindsight call these changes preconstructionalizations.

OE complex be sidan ‘by side’ > ModE P(reposition) beside). The dimension of type of concept concerns whether a construction is contentful (‘lexical’) or procedural (‘grammatical’). ‘Contentful’ material can be used referentially; on the formal dimension it is associated with the schematic categories N, V, and ADJ. 9 In Terkourafi’s words, linguistic expressions encode procedural meaning when they ‘contribute information about how to combine [ . . ] concepts into a conceptual representation’ (2011: 358–359).

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